Health & Well-Being

5 Steps to Mindful Eating During Ramadan

After a long day of fasting during Ramadan, it’s very easy to overeat at Iftar time and not focus on what you’re eating due to hunger and thirst.

After all, we all don’t want to gain weight during Ramadan and would like to lose a few pounds or at least maintain our weight.

Ramadan is a time when it is most important to practice patience and mindful eating noting the health benefits and rewards it brings. Here are some steps to help you eat mindfully during this holy month.

Come to the table with an appetite.

If you skip meals, you may be so eager to get anything in your stomach that your first priority is filling the void instead of enjoying your food.

Start with a small portion.

It may be helpful to limit the size of your plate to nine inches or less.

Appreciate your food. 

Pause for a minute or two before you begin eating to contemplate everything and everyone it took to bring the meal to your table. Silently express your gratitude for the opportunity to enjoy delicious food and the companions you’re enjoying it with.

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Take small bites.

It’s easier to taste food completely when your mouth isn’t full. Put down your utensil between bites.

Chew thoroughly. 

Chew well until you can taste the essence of the food. (You may have to chew each mouthful 20 to 40 times, depending on the food.) You may be surprised at all the flavours that are released.

If you follow the advice above, you won’t bolt your food down. Devote at least five minutes to mindful eating before you chat with your table-mates.

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